Larry Rothman Data Editor [email protected] See All Staff Page Recent Stories Embracing risk: David Swensen’s legacy at Yale Yale is shifting its allocation toward leverage buyout and venture capital strategies to improve risk-adjusted return. Commodity prices spike Commodity prices have risen sharply over the past year as demand recovers and the global economy improves. Exxon Mobil's financial picture Exxon Mobil has spent a lot to return cash to shareholders over the years. Graphic: First quarter boosts corporate funds An increase in interest rates during the first quarter resulted in a jump in pension funding ratios for large U.S. public companies. U.S. single-family home price growth accelerates The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index had double-digit percentage gains for the past several months. Morningstar sees strong stock gain Since September, Morningstar's stock has gained more than 50%. High-yield spreads narrow, default rates drop High-yield default rates have dropped for three straight quarters, sitting at 4.9% at the end of the first quarter. By the Numbers for April 2021 Graphic: Invesco’s bid for performance gains Invesco's AUM growth has been able to keep up with the asset management industry at large but has trailed better-performing peers. Private real estate funds continue rebound Appreciating property prices and steady income have lead to returns rebounding for open-end real estate funds. Managed account adoption stalls in 2020 The number of employers offering managed accounts continued to increase in 2020, while participant adoption rates stayed flat. U.S. bonds have worst quarterly return since 1981 Driven by higher interest rates on Treasury securities the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond index fell 3.4% in the first quarter.